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Help my ducks are plucking my chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by claireree, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. claireree

    claireree Chirping

    Jul 9, 2010
    Posted in duck section as well.

    Was wondering if anyone out there has ducks and chickens in together I have 5 chickens and 2 ducks (mallards) but have recently found my ducks plucking the chickens feathers out, does anyone have any idea why they are doing this or how to stop them.

  2. carrlr

    carrlr Songster

    Mar 31, 2010
    Southern Illinois
    I had ducks and chickens together from day olds. They seemed to get along great for about 1 year. At that point I noticed the ducks would chase the chickens but didn't think much about it until one chicken turned up dead. I monitored them for awhile and didn't like the agression. I did a little researching and it seems that male ducks (drakes) can become agressive if they don't have female ducks around. I'm assuming that's what happened to mine. So, I ended up rehoming the ducks.

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